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Default CHRISTIAN former USC player says Bibles were ripped up that he gave the team.

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Christian ex-USC player says teammates ripped up Bibles he gifted them

When Ben Malcolmson got the call that he made the University of Southern California's football team, he couldn't believe it. As a skinny senior journalism major, he asked then-head coach Pete Carroll if he could try out as a walk-on as part of an article, and he was shocked when he made a spot on the 2006 Trojans football team that went on to the win the Rose Bowl.

Malcolmson, now the director of external relations for the Seattle Seahawks and special assistant to head coach Pete Carroll, shared his unlikely story in a new book titled "Walk On."


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"From the moment I made the team, I knew God had a purpose for me there," Malcolmson told Fox News. "I started pressing into that mission from day one."

But just like his introduction back into football, nothing was easy, and he was hit hard with a lot of "heartbreaking failures."

First, no one showed up to his Bible study.

Then, no one came to a prayer group he started.

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After he read a Bible verse, Isaiah 55:11, which promises that if God's Word goes out, it will not return empty without fulfilling God's purpose for it, Malcolmson decided to put it to the literal test.

He anonymously placed Bibles at each of his 100 teammate's locker on Christmas Eve days before USC was set to play in the Rose Bowl. But when he walked in the day after Christmas, what he found crushed him. The Bibles had been ripped up.

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"When I walked in and saw the Bibles torn up and shredded all over the locker room carpet, I was devastated," Malcolmson said. "It was the culmination of a season full of discouragement and my hopes for finding my purpose were now shredded all over the floor of the locker room."

The USC senior felt like a total failure.



But nearly four years later, as an assistant to Coach Pete Carroll at the Seattle Seahawks, an old friend connected with him and told him that one of the Bibles was picked up and read by a teammate who accepted Christ three days before tragically passing away.

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"With hindsight perspective and years removed from that experience, I could see that God’s goodness was on me and that situation all along," Malcolmson concluded. "Even when I couldn’t see His hand in the moment, He truly was at work all along."


Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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Christianity in Japan was fueled a similar way - a European missionary working in China, translated the Bible into Japanese. Gaijin were prohibited from visiting Japan at the time, but he felt the Lord called him to take the Bible there, so he crossed over on a boat. Not moments after setting foot on the beach, he was killed with a sword by a local samurai. The bible fell on the sand. The poor illiterate fishermen picked up - the pages came out of the binder. Years later, the widow of that missionary, still working in China, was visited by a young Japanese man. He was raised in the fishing village; families had taken the pages and used them to decorate the walls of their homes, they were so pretty. As young people learned to read, they read the words. And subsequently many came to Christ - the young man was sent to give thanks to the widow for her husbands courage. As bonhoeffer said, when Christ calls a man to follow him, he bids him come and die. We may pass through this world discouraged that we didn't see the fruit we hoped for, and arrive in Heaven to learn how God used the seed we scattered.
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Tearing up a bunch of bibles is going too far, but religious folks should use great discretion when choosing who and how to preach to others if they don't want to have their feelings hurt.

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Jesus obeyed the Father in ALL things, He did so even though it made Him weep.
People following the Fathers leading do so without considering their own feelings.

Just a few months ago when a young man landed on an island over by India and was immediately killed many here at GBO were very quick to judge him to be seeking personal
glory or a name for himself, I don't recall any who looked at it from the divine perspective
as we are all required if we are His.
G-d keeps His promises, His Word will not return void.

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The fact that no one showed up for either his bible study or prayer group should have indicated to hm that no one was interested.
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Religious or not it was RUDE to rip them up
A sign of No Decency
Which has become the New Normal

History in the making
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no longer just a political campaign theme/promise.
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We aren't called to share only with those interested, we are called to proclaim His Word, just as Jesus did. There were places He went where there was great unbelief, yet He only did what He saw the Father do, and He only said what the Father gave him to say.
Many ripped them up, yet one heard and received that we know of, perhaps others as well.

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Judgment and discretion I assume are also important in religious matters. You have to know the difference between scratching your butt and tearing a hole in it.

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religious matters perhaps, but not where one is guided by the Lord as we are required to do if we are His in relationship.
Paul didn't want to be stoned, whipped, beaten, shipwrecked, etc, He was obedient to
the Lord to the end. Judgement and discretion was what took him to Damascus to kill Christians,
thinking he was doing G-d a favor.

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